HFPA and Brazos Gallery are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition FOTOTEXAS: People, Places, and Culture, a juried exhibition of photography from the Texas Photographic Society. The exhibition opens today and will be on exhibit in Brazos gallery through Nov. 11. There will be a reception Friday, Oct. 21 from 7-9 p.m. in Brazos Gallery. The guest juror Dan Burkholder will be attending the reception and talking about the work along with officials from the Texas Photographic Society. Please join us Friday evening. Students are welcome as always, refreshments will be provided.
To learn more about the exhibition visit Texas Photographic Society.
Richland College is proud to present renowned photographer Ralph Gibson at 7 p.m., Thurs., March 10 in the Fannin Performance Hall at Richland College. Richland continues its commitment to excellence in photography by bringing world-class photographers to campus to interact with students over the course of a day concluding with a free public lecture, reception and book-signing. Past participants in this distinguished series include Mary Ellen Mark, Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor, Joyce Tenneson, Keith Carter, and Arno Minkkinen.
Ralph Gibson studied photography while in the U.S. Navy and then at the San Francisco Art Institute. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films. Gibson has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and book-making. Since the appearance of “The Somnambulist” in 1970, his work has been steadily impelled towards the printed page. To date, he has produced over 40 monographs, his most current projects being “State of the Axe” to be published by Yale University Press in Fall of 2008 and “Nude” by Taschen, 2009. His photographs are included in over 150 museum collections around the world, including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University and have appeared in hundreds of exhibitions.
Gibson’s awards include fellowships from the John SImon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Leica Medal of Excellence and the Silver Plumb Award from the Landmarks Preservation Committee. He is a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, and holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Maryland and Ohio Wesleyan University. In 2007, he received The Lucie Award for Fine Art Photography. He has worked exclusively with the Leica for almost 50 years.
As Gibson explains, “I have been a photographer all my life….and have made photographs of many things and for many reasons. But one thing that becomes more and more apparent is that I am simply only as good as my next photograph. That’s the one that counts the most….For this reason, I find it a delight to face a new day, and to develop that new roll of film. It’s a great way to live.”
What: Ralph Gibson: Artist’s Lecture and Image Presentation, Followed by a reception, book sale and book-signing
Who: Presented by Richland College Photography
When: 7 p.m., Thurs., March 10
Where: Fannin Performance Hall, F102, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd., Dallas, TX 75243
FREE; open to the public
Richland College is proud to present international photographer Mary Ellen Mark at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 28 in the Performance Hall. This free, public event will include a lecture, reception, book sale and book signing.
Mark has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions and editorial magazine work. She has published photo-essays and portraits in publications including LIFE, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism.
Throughout Mark’s long career she has photographed the dispossessed, stating, “I’m for the underdog. I certainly feel that it’s a land of unequal opportunity. I’m interested in having people feel for the people I photograph. It’s an unfair world.”
Today, she is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. Her images of our world’s diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography. Her portrayals of Mother Teresa, Indian circuses, and brothels in Bombay were the product of many years of work in India. A photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the academy award nominated film “Streetwise”, directed and photographed by her husband, Martin Bell.
Mark was presented with the Cornell Capa Award by the International Center of Photography in 2001. She has also received the Infinity Award for Journalism, an Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation Grant, and a Walter Annenberg Grant for her book and exhibition project on America. Among her other awards are the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Matrix Award for outstanding woman in the field of film/photography, and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award for outstanding merits in the field of journalistic photography. She was also presented with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts; three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Photographer of the Year Award from the Friends of Photography; the World Press Award for Outstanding Body of Work Throughout the Years; the Victor Hasselblad Cover Award; two Robert F. Kennedy Awards; and the Creative Arts Award Citation for Photography at Brandeis University.
She has published 16 books including Passport (Lustrum Press, 1974), Ward 81 (Simon & Schuster, 1979), Falkland Road (Knopf, 1981), Mother Teresa’s Mission of Charity in Calcutta (Friends of Photography, 1985), The Photo Essay: Photographers at work (A Smithsonian series), Streetwise (second printing, Aperture, 1992), Mary Ellen Mark: 25 Years (Bulfinch, 1991), Indian Circus, (Chronicle, 1993 and Takarajimasha Inc., 1993), Portraits (Motta Fotografica, 1995 and Smithsonian, 1997), a Cry for Help (Simon & Schuster, 1996), Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey (Aperture, 1999), Mary Ellen Mark 55 (Phaidon, 2001), Photo Poche: Mary Ellen Mark (Nathan, 2002), Twins (Apeture, 2003), Exposure (Phaidon, 2005), Extraordinary Child (The National Museum of Iceland, 2007), Seen Behind the Scene (Phaidon, 2009.) Mark’s photographs have been exhibited worldwide.